WXC Headed to Nationals, MXC Makes Noise at Northeast Regional King, Hamm lead BC in four top 30 finishes, seven personal records
Nov. 12, 2011
Women's ResultsMen's Results Buffalo, N.Y. -The No. 18 Boston College women's cross country booked its ticket to the NCAA Championship with a second place finish behind 127 team points, its best since 2006, at the Northeast Regional on Saturday at the Audubon Golf Course. The men produced also strong regional outing to earn a final regional standing with a 14th place finish on 418 points, both program bests since 2007.
Senior Jillian King blazed the way for the women's troop with a 21:04.0 clip over six kilometers, taking 10th out of 243 athletes, and junior Jordan Hamm burned through the men's 10K course in 32:18.2 for 29th in a field of 240.
Leonard Korir of Iona claimed the men's individual crown in 31:10.4, while Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth won the women's race in 20:25.3. Syracuse won both team titles. The 29th ranked men totaled 54 points and No. 9 women tallied 116 points.
On the women's side, freshman Liv Westphal crossed the line in 19th place to score second for Boston College. The native of Limoges, France, finished second among all rookies with a time of 21:20.5 in her first regional meet.
Bridget Dahlberg continued her successful junior campaign by conquering the course in 21:28.1 for 26th overall, scoring third for BC. Graduate Hope Krause came in a few clicks behind her teammate at 21:30.8. The 2010 All-Region honoree took hold of 29th place. Third-year Elizabeth O'Brien completed the scoring and cemented BC's place at nationals, when she hit the tape in 21:54.2 for 43rd place.
Juniors Allison Stasiuk and Moira Kenny also competed for the Eagles, turning times of 22:20.8 and 22:54.2, respectively. The meet was the best outing for the women since winning in 2006 on 82 points.
The men are seldom tested at the 10 kilometer distance, but made the most of their opportunity with seven personal records to upset four regional ranked teams.
After Hamm came through in his personal best time, classmate Louis Serafini delivered one of his own. The Niskayuna, N.Y., native provided the second team mark with a 52nd place outing in 32:41.9.
Junior James Glover and freshman Richard Lucas ran together, pushing themselves to another set of individual records. The tandem finished in 107th and 110th with marks of 33:37.5 and 33:40.3, respectively.
Sophomore Anthony Bellitti wrapped up BC team total, when he finished 10 seconds after Lucas in 120th. Senior Akash Chougule (35:19.3) and freshman James Newhouse (35:42.8) recorded personal records as well, but did not count towards the scoring for BC.
"Jordan is starting to realize his potential and today he showed just how good he is," Men's Head Coach Matt Kerr observed. "It was a fantastic race that helped lead a great team performance."
At-large bids for teams and individuals hoping to make their way to Terre Haute, Ind., for the national championship will be announced no later than 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.
LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course will host the title run for the second consecutive year. The meet will be held on Monday, Nov. 21 at 12:58 p.m. (EST). Please visit ncaa.com for more information surrounding the NCAA Championship.